Condoleezza

If you like leadership, then you have to admire former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.

Last night while listening to her speech, I was reminded of two important principles.

First, “You cannot control your circumstances, but you can control your response to your circumstances.”

And second, “Self-esteem comes from achievement, not from low standards and false praise.” 

This from a woman who was refused the right to eat a hamburger at the lunch counter of her local drugstore while growing up in Birmingham, because she was the wrong color.

The point of this blog today is not to be political or to make a statement about race, for that matter.

With that said, I personally admire a woman who made the choice to rise above her circumstances and become a great leader.

While you might not be facing prejudice and racism, I suspect you do have some circumstances you would like to change.

If so, why not choose to respond with love and achieve something big today?

You have what it takes to be great. If Condoleezza can do it, believe me, you can too — She reminded us of that last night.

i2i,

Randy

Who do you know who has risen above their circumstances?

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Russell Brown

8 years ago

Not to change it, but to compliment it. That is why I love distance running/triathlons. It’s not always about setting a PR, but it’s about overcoming your circumstances to finish the goal set out before you.
My friend Alex Medal cut his foot badly in his first half-ironman coming out of the water in Transition 1, instead of quitting and giving in, he pushed through and biked 56 miles, then ran on it for 13.1 miles, then road over to the hospital for stitches.
And again my own mother, with two hip replacements and honest doubt of her own ability in her own head, finished her second full triathlon two weekends back. Finishing just above a guy who broke his back (among other injuries) in a skiing accident earlier that year.
Granted Condoleezza’s circumstances where far more severe than any ‘race’, but the fact of the matter is she rose above and pursed her goal. Like you said we don’t all face the same issues, but we all face issues. How we deal with them, pick ourselves up, and move on is what separates winners from losers.
Great word Randy.

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks Bear! Great examples

John M. Keene

8 years ago

I have to brag on my dad. He was born with one arm and one leg. When he was little the doctor said put him to bed that is where he will be the rest if his life. He went on to het a Masters degree, have three children, and a great father.

randygravitt

8 years ago

That is awesome John. Sounds like a real hero!

Ja

8 years ago

Well I have to say I failed today. I was praying on my way to work for God to help me with finding His peace. Then I get to work and everything fell apart. Nothing happened, there was no emergency. Just the fact I failed to respond with the right attitude. I may not be able to change how things are here. I just pray that God will help me change how I respond…
Thanks Randy,
Ja

randygravitt

8 years ago

Good word Jason. Thanks!

Susan

8 years ago

Mihai – he lived in an orphanage in Romania for the first five years of his life and was 25 lbs. when he was adopted. Because of his lack of nutrition, he has several physical and emotional disabilities which are with him for a lifetime, but his mother and father chose to focus on the positives instead of the negatives. His father was later diagnosed with cancer and died leaving Mihai to be raised by a single mom. I had the priviledge of teaching Mihai last year in 11th grade and cried tears of joy with him and his mom as he passed all of the high school graduation tests and end of course test for my class. He is possibly the hardest working student I’ve ever had. He would do everything I asked in class then go home and go over everything we did in class again with his mom often spending four or five hours a night repeating his daily lessons. He will graduate this spring having risen above his circumstances.

randygravitt

8 years ago

AMAZING! Thanks Susan

MLBScout16

8 years ago

Amen … Great advice… The devil uses every angle to keep us down & when we let him control our response to the circumstances we face, we are letting him win.

randygravitt

8 years ago

Really true KB!

LnTmom

8 years ago

I wrote down the second quote simply to tell my children, because it’s exactly what my husband and I believe. In our circumstance, we took in 4 foster children even though we have four children of our own so that we could help keep them together. What we got was complete misery. God must have a plan! The children want to act and do exactly how they please without any repercussions for their behavior. The state tells you to pat them on the head and praise them for the most basic criteria for any human… getting out of bed, brushing their teeth, etc. They expect everything, give nothing, and don’t want to be disciplined for anything. C. Rice is right on: self-esteem comes from achievements… working hard for something, not patting them on the head and thanking them for not peeing on my floor today and telling them how proud I am of them for using the toilet at 9, 12, and 15 yrs old. I could go on and on with the lying and stealing. I can’t say I’m a better person now: I’ll think long and hard before I ever help anyone else out.

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks for commenting

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